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South Shore Reverse Corporate Tour

Dayana Celis, Graduate Career Services

On July 24th, 2018, Sobey School of Business Graduate Career Services hosted its first South Shore Reverse Corporate Tour in CLARI at Saint Mary’s University. Corporate Tours are one of our most popular career development activities and Graduate Career Services offers our graduates students a Corporate Tour in Toronto, Waterloo, Halifax and the South Shore each year.

Last year 22 graduate students from the Sobey School of Business participated in the South Shore Corporate Tour where 20 local employers provided an insider’s tour to their facilities. Now, it was the employers' turn to visit Saint Mary’s University to discover services and programs offered to support their future hiring needs.

This event not only brought Nova Scotia business but also community partners, students, alumni, and staff. It started with a presentation on youth out-migration in Nova Scotia by Hannah Main, Master student at DAL, followed by employment funding programs, migration and retention programs. Here is the order of presentations at this informative session:

  • Dalhousie University - Hannah Main, Researcher Rural Development 
  • Labour and Advanced Education - Margaret Schwartz, Youth Program Outreach Coordinator
  • NS Office of Immigration - Mary-Jo MacKay, Senior Analyst 
  • BDC - Jennifer Fraser, Senior Account Manager
  • P4G - Matt Thompson, Founding Partner
  • One Nova Scotia Coalition 
  • Saeed El-Darahali, Founder/President/CEO SimpleCast

Placemaking 4G's Matt Thompson moderated a student panel. The panelists, Sobey students, and recent grads provided knowledge to help employers be more strategic about attracting people to work in the South Shore. Students talked about their career expectations, what attracts them to specific organizations or jobs, and things they can offer employers with their diverse backgrounds. It was definitely a rewarding event for everyone involved.

Graduate Career Services hopes to continue supporting employers in this province by educating them on the services and programs that exist to address some of their "pain points" and how Sobey students and alum can contribute to resolving their challenges.

On September, 28th, 2018 Graduate Career Services will be taking another set of students to the South Shore Nova Scotia with the hope that they choose to stay in the province and build the innovation and resiliency of our smaller communities.